During a press conference Thursday, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced she has signed a new public health disaster proclamation that will close all bars, taverns, breweries, and nightclubs in six counties she said has some of the worst virus activity. Those counties are Black Hawk, Johnson, Linn, Dallas, Polk, and Story, she said. Restaurants that serve alcohol in those six counties can stay open but must stop serving alcohol at 10 p.m. each day, she said.
The Iowa Department of Public Health on Thursday reported 1,475 new coronavirus cases over a 24-hour period, setting a record for confirmed cases since the pandemic began. As of Thursday morning, public health officials reported a total of 59,368 confirmed cases, according to the state’scoronavirus website. They also reported 18 new deaths, for a total of 1,079. Public health officials are reporting a 9.7 percent positivity rate since the state started tracking the data. As of Thursday morning, 305 were hospitalized, with 36 having been admitted over the last 24-hours.